ryan dunn. not somebody you would expect to make a beautiful people blog post. since i first saw him on jackass all those years ago, he has been my favourite. i have a type of guy that i like. bearded, scruffy, tattooed, a little wild, he ticked all of those boxes. i loved his aviator sunglasses. best of all he, along with the rest of the jackass boys, made me laugh like crazy. sure, he may have been crazy, rude, foul-mouthed, risky with his life but he was still a beautiful person to me. i was so happy when i was at a music festival in baltimore, md and ryan, bam, steve-o and uncle don vito from jackass were there and i was shocked and saddened to hear that he passed away early this morning in a car accident, aged 34. jackass will never be the same. rip ryan ♥
sadly, my friend’s younger sister, aislinn, passed away earlier this year after battling cystic fibrosis for most of her life. she was 23 years old. i had heard of cf in the past and was aware that sufferers have a build up of mucus and require “thumps” to help clear that mucus. that was the extent of my knowledge. i have since found out that cf is one of the uk’s most common inherited diseases, each week 5 babies are born with cf, each week 2 lives are lost due to cf and only half of cf sufferers are like to live past their 30’s! pretty shocking figures. aislinn lived in ireland where the statistcis are even worse. her family and friends are raising money for CF ireland so that a cure may be found for this disease. i wanted to help. i looked online and found there was a 12 mile sponsored walk happening yesterday in edinburgh so i signed up. i got sponsor money and i set off. holy shizzle, it was hard-going. i am notorious for quitting on things the minute they get too hard and let me tell you, there were a few times when my hips hurt and my toes were aching and i felt lightheaded and i just wanted to phone my dad and get him to come pick me up. just at those moments i would think of who i was doing it for – aislinn and all the other cf sufferers out there. some of them won’t even get to live to the age i am now and what they go through with their treatment in their lifetimes is much worse than a 12 mile walk. so i stuck with it and i got through it and i’m happy i have been able to help in some small way. i am in a lot of pain today – my hips hurt like crazy and i pretty much reek of tiger balm, but i am determined to do whatever i can to help this cause. here are some photos of my day (there are no photos of me immediately after the walk, i pretty much collapsed on the grass!)
…another cf supporter who lost her sister, aged 22, in february this year
…..sugary snacks for energy
…my first ever medal
…looks pretty gross but let me tell you that ‘well hung and tender’ cheeseburger was close to a michelin star meal at that point!
if you would like to know more about cf and the work they do, you can click here
thanks to all those who sponsored me, it is much appreciated. xo
ladies and fellas, i have made it to my last week of college. all my work is done, i just have to hand a couple things in next week and get some feedback and then i’m done-zo! it feels so good to pretty much have my life back. i have big plans for my new-found freedom. first up….organisation!!! the mister and i have been a bit lax with our orgainsation and we have let laundry pile up, there is stuff everywhere and well, the place looks like a bomb went off! i plan to have a huge clean out in the next couple of weeks and we are gonna be ruthless. then hopefully we can do a boot sale and make some money for our unwanted stuff. we are both terrible hoarders but i think the time has come to offload some of it. who knows, we may emigrate some day and we for sure can’t take even half of our stuff with us. it’s pretty sad, but you know i love to write lists and i am so excited to get a list made of all the stuff that needs doing over the next month or so. such a great feeling to cross things off when they’re done! for now, sad as it sounds…..i have bought some page markers to go through my recipe books and mark off the recipes that i want to try, i’ve bought a blue box file to put all our importnat documents as they are currently everywhere and i’ve hijacked my mama’s label maker so i can start labelling everything that’s in sight!!!
we have some pretty cool stuff coming up over the next couple weeks. a couple of days after i finish college we fly over to dublin to see some friends that we met in melbourne, australia. we haven’t seen them in 3 years and we had such awesome times together, it’s gonna be so great to hang out for a little while. then when we come home we have tickets to a film premiere of ewan mcgregor’s new movie ‘perfect sense’ and guess what???? ewan is going to be there!!!! quite stoked about that! then it will be back to normality and job hunting! i have a bit of a full weekend this weekend so expect a blog or two. have a lovely weekend. xo